Two new nurses for cancer patients

Last updated 12:00 24/08/2012

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Cancer patients in Manawatu will have two new nurses to support and guide them through their treatment.

The cancer co-ordination nurse positions, one fulltime and one part-time, are part of a $33 million investment in cancer services announced in this year's Budget.

“MidCentral DHB will receive $580,000 over the next four years for the cancer co-ordination nurse initiative," Health Minister Tony Ryall said.

“These specialist nurses will act as a single point of contact so patients and their families no longer have to contact multiple people from different parts of the health service to find out about their care.”

MidCentral Regional Cancer Treatment Service manager Cushla Lucas said the announcement was "fantastic news".

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- Manawatu Standard

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